10/16/2013 (12 Moons Solo Project Day 289)


12 Moons Solo Saxophone Project Day 289

Date: 10/16/2013

Instrument: Tenor saxophone

Location: Home studio in Clinton, WA (Whidbey Island)


This is my second day of being sick during the project, but I’m feeling considerably better than yesterday.  My lungs are hurting a bit more today than the past couple of days, and because of this while practicing I worked with gestures that had less physical back-pressure and quieter dynamic levels.  This helped me to find a comfortable physical state in which to approach the horn.  Since yesterday’s piece explored a darker, more brooding mood that fit my life state that day, today I wanted to execute a piece that responded to the welcoming feeling of being on the mend.

In today’s improvisation I explored freely improvised melodic lines with multiphonic, chordal interjections.  I kept ornamentation to a minimum during this piece, the only exception being the occasional grace note passage.  I wanted the chordal passages in these piece to take on many roles.  At times the harmonic structure of a mutliphonic would be complimentary to a passage before or immediately after.  I generally approached this by anticipating what multiphonic I would like to play next, and to then tailor my melodies to end on a pitch that was either in the multiphonic chord, or an upper or lower neighbor.  At other times I included these chordal interjections more indeterminately, their harmonic language bearing little to no relationship with the melodies surrounding them.


The image “16 Millimeter Earings” accompanying today’s post by Meredith Monk (1980).